A Bremerton Weekend

02 July 2017 Bremerton, WA – Overcoming adversity. When machines break down in the factory where one line depends on another to function troubleshooting becomes the action. In the older days it was kind of easy, did the belt come off? Did it become unplugged? Is something jamming it? All easy to look for and fix if that was the issue.

Now days with computers and electrical parts are combined the task is not as easy. Multi-meters, and computer error codes are what you are looking at to find the source of what has stopped everything from working. In what amounts to better than a half a mile of wires and sensors finding the issue can be a daunting task.

Saturday was that day for Bremerton Raceway and their staff. Error codes on the computer system helps narrow it down but with so many things connected to each other, is it this one or that one? In what amounted to better than an eight-hour search and find and re-place the timing system is back running.

Now what was to be a “race” day has turned into a test and tune operation to run the system making sure everything worked properly. That now out of the way part two of overcoming adversity day.

Saturday and Sunday are “two” separate races, with the exception of the super comp and super street racers, they have one each day. The “heads” got together and moved the Sunday event to a new date and moved all Saturday to Sunday. This move created a “first” for the SC and SST racers as it is now a “double header”.

Two complete races in one day. For the “two” winners, that’s right I did say two they may want to have them all this way.

In Super Comp class Emmett McKillop grabbed both trophies in his ’14 M&M dragster. In the Super Street class Todd Sims powered his red ’66 Nova to the top putting a trophy in each hand.

Now to what was the “event” of the weekend. What started as “The John Kilroy Footbrake Race” now slated as the “Northwest Independence Shootout” brought 119 racers from near and far to get a pile of “cash”, and a “hand-made” trophy at the end of racing. The keyword here is “footbrake”. No Trans brake, nothing but your foot on the brakes.

Put on by the Sears Family Racing with help from many more this race has grown huge. Four thousand to the winner, two thousand to the runner-up, not a bad payday for nine rounds of racing. The total payout money nearly touched “ten thousand” dollars.

When money is involved the racers will come to try and put it in their pockets. I have to say watching a car that normally runs off a trans-brake switch to his foot instead of his finger really shows what “footbrake” racing is all about. Rett Berteilotti in his “first” attempt at this style of racing became a new passion in his own words “this is fun”. It was so much fun to him that “he” claimed the “runner-up” cash and trophy and stated, “I’ll be back next year” for more of this “fun” racing.

To the big winner we go and is not a newcomer to putting the cash in his pocket. Pulling this off in 2015 Dustin Ward did it again. His hard launching “hemi” yanking the front tires off the track just keeps on going this time after having to “buy” back into the race after beating all the other buybacks. The big fella knows his race car like a “glove” and the red Dart fits him like one. Thinking this may be a fluke winning two out of the past three, think again. Dustin has put the car in many a “winners circle” around the Northwest.

In the “Shootout” classes Mark Cavar driving the dragster for the first time this season got the win in the electronics 1/8th mile racing. The motorcycle shootout Jim Were and his ’12 Kawasaki made it to the winner’s circle. For the Jr’s in a combined class race Cooper Chun from Vancouver, Wa. Running out of the Jr. Lightning class claimed the trophy. Congrats to all the winners and hope to see you at next years race.

Lots of great images for both days of action – click here to go to the event gallery, where images are organized into two sections, one for the Test-N-Tune, and one for Sunday.

Bremerton Double Header – John Kilgor Footbrake Race

Bremerton Sat. 7-2-16 (473)03 July 2016 Kent, WA – It was back-to-back events in an E.T. Series with points to be had in close competition this weekend at Bremerton Raceway.  Weekends like this can change your standings overnight. Big moves can be had to move up in the standings with the closeness of the points.

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An early out by those ahead of you will get you up on the wheel to take advantage of it, but don’t get too eager – the “red” light is still there to take you out. By the end of racing on Sunday there were a number of new number one’s in the classes setting up for the remaining races to be quite contested.

The big prize for the weekend was the John Kilgor Footbrake Race. Old school foot on the “brake” and mash the gas is the “rule”. Turn off your race car’s electronics and remember how you raced in the past. It came with a winner payout that totaled “30” one hundred dollar bills and payouts many places down.

Win a few rounds and you were playing with “house” money that packed the lanes with racers looking to win some money. Put together and overseen by the Sears Family Racing and Gary Howe and his construction company.   It has been growing each year since its inception shows how popular it has become.

Great job by all and bigger and better next year. We’ll begin the winners list with the footbrake winner Rob Boardway who got the pile of cash yet I think the “big” winner of the weekend was Dustin Ward, who first picked up the “Pro” class then pocketed the runner up cash in the footbrake race on Saturday then repeat in the “Pro” class on Sunday. Talk about in a “zone”-  he was in it this weekend and it showed. Congrats to all the weekends winners all 25 of them.

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2015 ET Finals At Firebird Raceway

E.T. Finals 9-5-15b 05903-06 September 2015 Boise, ID – Firebird Raceway is just outside Boise Idaho, and was the setting for this year’s E.T. Finals.  It’s a ten to sixteen hour trip for most of the Pacific Pirates.  Wednesday saw many already there with Thursday and Friday bringing in those that had to get away from work.

E.T. Finals 9-6-15 308Wednesday and Thursday, the weather could not have been better at Firebird Raceway. It was a little cooler than normal but a welcome break from the heat that has been around all summer long in the whole northwest.  Test and tune Wednesday and Thursday was in the past as we rolled into Friday’s Gambler Race the weather was a changing.

The sky thickened and all eyes were on it. Weather checking on all the smart phones were saying the same thing, Get Ready. And come it did as the wind picked up and moved anything that was not tied down and those that were scrambled to keep it from going to Kansas. The wind put a halt to racing as it coated the track surface with sand leaving it looking somewhat like sandpaper.

With just a few rounds left to finish the powers that be could have cleaned the track to continue but the threat of rain when getting that completed put an end to the idea there.  It was great decision on their part as the rain came.

Saturday morning started dry then Mother Nature again threw a wrench into the works soaking everything. The plus side to this was the long and continuous lineup for Firebird’s yummy breakfast, with biscuits and gravy. They are good as I joined the others going through the line.

E.T. Finals 9-3-15 223Once the Race of Champions got started the day went off without a hitch completed with the crowning of the class champs that will represent Division 6 in Pomona. Mighty Joe Lind will take his bike and represent Pacific Raceways as not only the track champ but as the Division 6 champ, Great job Joe!

E.T. Finals 9-5-15 334Sunday’s race weather could not have been better though quite chilly early. Racing today for all attending was for class champions in each of the E.T. classes with points for each win to determine the overall track champs, and once again the group from Woodburn in a tie breaker won, laying claims for 2015.

With the finals going north of the border next year plans to do so start now and will require ID to cross, hope to see you there.

I would like to thank David Atkins of Atkins Rotary for introducing me to Lauretta. Quite a skilled photographer with a sharp eye on nature. Having never photographed drag racing before I offered up a camera for her to shoot what she sees and have fun. Here to spend some quality time with her father most of her shots followed him as is natural. By her own admission “I know nothing but would very much like to learn”. Looking at her shots she is right though there are shots that show her natural ability and just a few pointers will bring those skills that she has already has to the top.

Maybe our paths will cross again to see what she has learned and pass those little pointers along. Thanks Lauretta for your additional pics and a glimpse into your look at a first timer to the drags, could not have been a better choice to get away from everything and see what your father enjoys.

The images are organized by day – in four albums – click here for the Event Folder with links for all four days of the 2015 ET Finals! Good Luck in Pomona!

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Westbay Bracket Weekend At Bremerton Raceway

Jr.#13 and CC #2 and Nostalgia Hot Rod j 7-18-15 34717-19 July 2015 Bremerton, WA – It was a full weekend at Bremerton Raceway – the staging lanes were filled with 16 classes on the docket for Saturday and 7 on Sunday; it made for an action filled couple of days.

A test and tune on Friday night for those early runners for the weekend’s races to started things off. Roll into Saturday morning and the real reason everyone was here, race time. The weather was just plain hot as the sun baked everyone to over 90 degrees and sent all seeking shade where they could find it. There was no cooling off until the sun was well set and the same was predicted for Sunday.  It’s hard to get good sleep in this weather.

Sunday morning greeted everyone with the temps in the mid 70’s and climbing. This again had everyone seeking hydration and shade whenever possible, it was just plain hot but it beats the rain that everyone wants.  If a downpour had come no one would have objected, there was just a big sprinkler for all to run thru.

There is full event coverage by Seeitimagery – Four Albums of images are now available, the links to the album are just below – or click here for a list of all 2015 Events at Bremerton Raceway.

TEST N TUNE – (Friday July 1th, 2015) – Click Here

Saturday – Jr Dragster #13 – Car Club #2 – Series A Images – Click Here

Saturday – Jr Dragster #13 – Car Club #2 Series B Images – Click Here

Sunday Finals Images – Click Here

All in all a great weekend for Breann and I to cover the action, till next time see you then.

SATURDAY WINNERS:

Car Club – Steve Neel
Inline – Don Berry
SM II – Gary Gandy Jr.
HR I – Dave Carman
Stick Shift – Ewe Gerde
Pickup – Joel Phillips
Jr Storm – Cole Dickhoff
Non Elec. – Al Chinn
1/8 Sportsman – Jeremy Sears
1/8 Pro – Robert Steffen
1/8 Super Pro – Terry Wilcox
Jr. Thunder – Makenzie Lamoureux
2nd Chance Thunder – Charlie Burkevics Jr.
Jr. Lightning – Yeshua Wilcox
2nd Chance Lightning – Selina Lenihan

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SUNDAY WINNERS:

Top Eliminator – Tracy Weingard
Nostalgia Tour – Allan Thornock
Nostalgia Tour B – Tracy Weingard
Super Pro – Pat Hoglan
Pro – Zach Craig
Sportsman – Richard Gauthier
MC – Stacy Hesch

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NW Bracket Shootout & ET #12 At Bremerton Raceway

NW Bracket Shootout and ET #12  6-28-15 33828 June 2015 Bremerton, WA – On any given Sunday the racing at Bremerton Raceway things go pretty much as laid out on the run schedule. Yes there are the little and mostly minor issues in nature. Nature, this is the kicker of the best laid plans. The sunny and hot weather here in the northwest is not normal and it was expected to be the same for today. Not so fast.

Just after things got going lightning appeared out of nowhere and all computer equipment is shut down for safety, racing stopped till it passed.  After starting up again the rain then decided to make an appearance, and we were stopped again. Such was the day…

Breann who came here on Mother’s Day as a student today comes here as a photography partner for the web-site. A complete complement to what is already being put on the site. Look for her shots when she is not working her other jobs.

For the few that new a family gathering was in the works in combination with a birthday. Sue Glenn who celebrated her birthday today had all the boys in one spot. Not an easy feat as Dallas who works for Jason Line’s pro stock team is on a pretty much fixed schedule and to have the time off to enjoy this family time, priceless I say.

Planned out ahead by hubby Steve and some spur of the moment once in a lifetime happening. As a gift to Sue from Bremerton Raceway she was brought to the starting line for the pleasure of being the “starter” in a race between two of her sons. I have to imagine a thrill of a lifetime for her and for the family she raised.

Photos are now available online – thanks for your support and purchases!! – Click here to go to the photo album.

In the end a very happy ending to a strange race day and the winner’s that came from it.

Jordan Howell in High School
Stacy Hesch in Motorcycle
Gary Howe Jr. in Sportsman
Chris Stone in PRO
William Vest in Super Pro
Pete Conley in Real Street
Dick Ewing in Dual Index

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23rd Annual Mother’s Day Nationals At Bremerton Raceway

23rd Annual Mother's Day Nationals 5-10-15 74110 May 2015 Bremerton, WA – Every year Mother’s Day brings the racers to this annual event at Bremerton Raceway. The only thing that stops the race is Mother Nature and she was happy this day,. Plenty of side by side racing to watch all day long with some surprise winners thru the rounds.

Some pretty big player’s came out to see what they might pick up. All came to win but in the end there can be only one. On that note a number of racers ended up that number one on both days of the weekend of events. Quite a feat there holding a pair of statues. Great job by those who did this.

Over 800 images of all the action are now uploaded – click here to go to the photo albums.

Here is the class winner’s this Mother’s Day Race:

Ray Lamoureux in Super Gas
Gary Ermish in Super Gas
Dave Jackson in Top Comp
Pete Oliviero in SS/Stock Combo
Michael Gosselin in Motorcycle
Brian Thompson in Pro
Carry Winslow in the Mother’s class
Scotty Krone in Sportsman
Ian Theofelis in Jr. Thunder
Yeshua Wilcox in Jr. Lightning

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Junior Dragster Challenge At Bremerton Raceway

Bremerton Raceway Sunday  5-3-15 57403 May 2015 Bremerton, WA – Winning at an early age can set in motion the desire to repeat what they just felt after doing so. The competitive drive is all from within. It is well documented that a lot of today’s winning drag racers started at an age while still in grade school. The Jr. Dragster drivers that came out for a chance to experience that feeling but also with that win would get you a little statue.

That statue a small version of the one’s earned at the National events. Highly prized no matter when it is won, just starting or experienced racer, a joyful scene either way.

Winning today in the Jr. Thunder class Porter Johnson smiled with the trophy. In the Jr. Lightning class Korban Lewis was the lucky one as 13 entries went after it. Other winners from today saw William Nitta come thru in MC, Gary Gandee picked up the win in Sportsman, the Pro class saw the Nova of Rob Lindley collect, Bill Vest is getting that wagon dialed in as he topped the field in Super Pro and in the Super Comp final two old friends, Dale Green and Steve Glenn in their dragster’s with Steve picking up the win by running the 8.90 number. Good job by all in today’s races.

Over 400 Images Are Now available – click here to go to the photo album.

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National Dragster Challenge At Bremerton Raceway

Bremerton Raceway Saturday 5-2-15 18902 May 2015 Bremerton, WA – When the statues are on the line the racers come out. They are hard to get and when earned it is always displayed with pride. Yes there are those who have won many, and it shows that drive that it takes to get them. Many racers never win one in a lifetime of racing, but it never stopped them from trying.

Picking up the statue in the MC class is newly married William Nitta. A big class of Sportsman battled with Jason Biscay picking up another one. In a bigger number of entries the Pro final saw long time racer Ken Reaves getting the win. Jim Bruns and his ’69 Camaro raced to victory in Super Pro. Congrats to all the winners.

Images are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

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Easter Bunny Nationals At Bremerton Raceway

Easter Bunny Nationals 4-5-15 20205 Apr 2015 Bremerton, WA – Easter morning at Bremerton Raceway greeted everyone with bright sunshine and a chilly wind forcing everyone to put an extra layer of clothing on. After a noon lunch break the extra clothing was shed off and the weather turned things into a great day for racing.

This weekend racers and fans got a chance for a first look at the rearranged buildings at the track. All this started at the end of last season as developers are changing the landscape of the area around the track.

With a full schedule laid out for the season with what is known of the developer’s plans is quite an accomplishment with what was not known just a few short months ago.

Ending on top at the end of the race day were in Junior Thunder it was a Burkevics family final with Bobby over Charlie. In Jr. Lightning Yeshua Wilcox prevailed over Joshua Schmanke. A better light and closer to the dial got the win for Stacy Hesch over Jim Funderburg in the MC class. High School Had Jordin Howell winning over the Mustang of Thomas Neal III. Steve Adams and Brian Thompson paired off in the Sportsman class with Steve coming out on top. In the Pro class drivers Rob Lindley and Mike Hubbell squared off with Rob taking the win. The Super Pro saw a pair of heavyweights with Al Chinn and Norm Breadt going for the win. Division champ Norm tried though he could not stop Al from a doubling up on the weekend of racing at Bremerton Raceway.

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